RACER.COM’S NEW HIRES
There is light at the end of the tunnel
after all. Am glad for the expanded
online content at RACER.com!
What’s that sound? All the former
SPEED fans coming over to RACER.
Thank the gods of open-wheel that
RACER is stepping in where SPEED/
FOX failed. I’ve ordered up a lifetime
subscription to the hard copy as my
way of saying THANK YOU!
RACER: Today I signed up for your
magazine as my “Thank You” for the
new talent that has signed on for
both print and the website. To read
Marshall Pruett every day is a joy,
along with Robin Miller and the rest.
Thanks Marshall for giving a more
in-depth look at the technical and
strategic side of racing...
heard on racer.com
Bucking the trend
So, Lotus is complaining about F1’s
cost. Well, yeah, if they want to keep
Kimi. Hello? Bernie? When the likes of
Lotus start telling you the value
proposition of racing in F1 doesn’t
measure up, you’d better start listening!
I for one don’t want to watch six cars
competing for a “World Championship”!
If only Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes
are able to afford to compete, that’s
exactly what we’ll have!
No doubt, spending has gotten out
of hand and the technical relevance to
road cars has long been lost. Carbon
fiber brakes? Carbon fiber suspension
arms? It’s not likely that we’ll see
them on our Hyundai Accent.
So how to reduce costs? Here are
some ideas that would actually
improve the racing: How about
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provided on the
requiring steel brakes? Cheaper, and
the driver would have to contend
with longer stopping distances and
brake fade, instantly creating more
passing. Severely restrict chassis/
nose height, reducing the undercar
aerodynamics. Oh, and take away all
of the driver-controlled buttons on
the steering wheels! Make the
steering wheel cost $100 instead of
See? Cost saving is easy.
Alan Lane Fulton, N. Y.
Great, greater, greatest
In talking about Valentino Rossi and
his accomplishments in the article
about him and Kyle Busch in the
June issue of RACER, you wrote, “It’s
no real stretch to call him the
greatest motorcycle racer ever...”
He is a great motorcycle racer and I
don’t take anything away from his
accomplishments. However, there are
a lot of other motorcycle racers with
equal and greater achievements. Even
in his own discipline of GP road racing,
Giacomo Agostini has more titles and
wins. If you separate their respective
categories, they are all great.
Bruce Guertin via e-mail
Risk equals reward
I was surprised by the reaction on
the part of a lot of the fans and
media to tony Stewart’s injury in a
sprint car wreck, which seemed to
blame tony for putting his “day
job” as a NASCAR owner/driver at
risk by racing in “lesser” events.
How times have changed. It used
to be that many – if not all – of the
best drivers drove a wide variety of
machinery, and were celebrated for
it by the fans. Proving yourself out
of your comfort zone is the mark of
a champion...or used to be. I think
we need more tony Stewarts.
Brandon Everly via e-mail.
RACER.com’s Marshall Pruett
revealed HPD’s new LMP1 engines,
based on its IndyCar turbo V6 (side
by side for comparison).
STar Le T Ter
Those were the days: F1 aces Jackie Stewart and
Francois cevert raced in european Touring cars
with these Ford capri rS2600 in 1972.